WAVE (Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort) Educational Fund is a grassroots, statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to preventing gun violence.
If you are passionate about preventing gun violence and fall between the ages of 14-and 21, we encourage you to apply for WAVE’s 2022 virtual summer internship.
WAVE’s virtual summer internship will help you reach your full potential as leaders by providing you with the opportunity to create public awareness events, increase advocacy and lobbying skills, develop peacebuilding skills, learn about non-profit leadership, build community-based collaborations, and direct peer-to-peer gun violence prevention trainings. Additionally, this program provides the space to build long-lasting relationships with other young people.
2022 summer intern duties will include:
Build expertise on community-based solutions to gun violence
Develop an understanding of Wisconsin’s gun laws and the ways in which stronger gun laws can save lives
Complete weekly trainings and skill-building activities through an online platform
Learn and teach strategies that help mobilize people to take action to prevent gun violence
Expand knowledge of peacebuilding and conflict resolution techniques
Working with other interns to plan and execute a large-scale public awareness event or virtual campaign
Help increase awareness among youth and their families about the impact and nature of gun violence, as well as the importance of community and political engagement
Create and update a social media presence related to your gun violence prevention activities
Work a minimum of 50 hours, between 6/13/22 and 8/8/22, to successfully complete the internship
Qualified interns must be positive, energetic, reliable, responsible, mature, and willing to engage and interact with diverse populations
Experience with social media platforms, Google and Microsoft programs, especially MS Excel, is strongly desired
Should be comfortable navigating online software either on a tablet or on a computer
Experience with social justice, customer service, or political organizing is preferred
Must read, sign, and adhere to WAVE’s Youth Protection Policy.
*Must be capable of providing own transportation (valid driver’s license and auto insurance required), self-arranged transportation, or public transportation, and must be able to travel around the Greater Milwaukee area to attend actions and events that occur days, nights, or weekends
*Must follow WAVE’s COVID-19 Policy, which will meet or exceed guidelines offered by the Wisconsin Department of Health
**You will need access to either a laptop or desktop with an internet connection to successfully complete this leadership program. There also may be days when you will need to have access to a phone to dial in for a discussion or meeting.
This is a paid internship and will require an average of 6.5 hours per week.
Upon successful completion of the internship, a stipend will be awarded
WAVE Ed Fund can also assist interns in providing school/service credit for this internship
*Due to COVID-19, these requirements may not apply. It is possible that all of our activities, throughout the duration of your internship, will be conducted virtually. If we are able to conduct in-person activities, your personal safety, and the safety of our community members, will be the top priority.
**If you do not have unlimited access to either a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer, please include that in the body of your email when applying.
WAVE is proud to celebrate diversity, and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all. If there is a part of the job description that would lead you to require accommodations, please let us know.
(Internship credit is possible; see compensation section for more details)
WAVE Educational Fund is a statewide, grassroots organization dedicated to preventing gun violence, injuries and deaths through education and advocacy. WAVE’s equity commitment is to cultivate a more equitable violence-free society where we all feel a sense of security, belonging, value, and pride.
Are you passionate about youth? Do you believe that young people are the leaders that this world needs? Have you been looking for a way to be more involved with the next generation?The Youth Engagement Summer Assistant position would be a wonderful opportunity for you! The primary purpose of this temporary, part-time role is to assist with the 2022 summer internship. This is an 11-week position from May 23rd, 2022 to August 10th, 2022. 160 total hours are required. This position is eligible for a $2,500 stipend.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The following duties, as well as others that may be assigned, will be performed individually or in coordination with other staff members.
Assist with planning the annual summer internship, with a focus on awareness-building activities and equitable solutions to gun violence.
Assist with developing a longstanding and sustainable youth component to our programs, which will raise up young voices in Wisconsin’s current gun violence prevention efforts and ensure that the next generation will be prepared to continue the movement in our state.
Perform data entry including, but not limited to, tracking intern hours, managing the completion of internship activities, and ensuring each intern completes each required item.
May be asked to facilitate internship trainings or activities.
Help plan and participate in community awareness-building and fundraising events.
Assist with civic engagement activities, such as voter registration and get-out-the-vote.
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite
Proficiency in using Zoom
Familiarity with Google Docs
Commitment to, and passion for, gun violence prevention, equity, safety, and justice
At least 18 years of age
Read, sign, and adhere to WAVE’s Youth Protection Policy and pass a criminal background screening
Read, sign, and adhere to WAVE’s COVID-19 Employee Policy (including vaccination requirement)
*Capable of providing own transportation (valid driver’s license and auto-insurance required), self-arranged transportation, or public transportation, and must be able to travel around the state to attend actions and events that occur days, nights, or weekends
*Have a remote workspace
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
High school diploma or GED required
Experience in the fields of youth development, communications, or community organizing preferred
COMPENSATION AND COLLEGE CREDIT OPPORTUNITY
This position is eligible to receive $2,500 after the completion of 160 hours.
This role can also be adapted to fulfill college internship credit requirements.
*Due to COVID-19, our work is currently being conducted virtually (i.e., remotely), but we will resume in-person activities when it is safe to do so.
WAVE Educational Fund celebrates diversity. We welcome, and are committed to creating, an inclusive environment. That means we respect and support the diverse cultures, perspectives, and life experiences of all applicants and employees. You’re valued here.
During each Wisconsin legislative session (biennially), gun violence prevention activists, like you, join together to demand that Wisconsin’s legislators prioritize the safety of Wisconsinites by passing lifesaving gun violence prevention bills and opposing reckless bills that support the gun lobby’s “guns everywhere” agenda.
It is that time again!
True to our mission, we want to keep our supporters safe. Therefore, to prevent exposure to and the spread of COVID-19, this session, our Day of Action will be completely virtual.
How To Participate
Day of Action Agenda
Welcome and legislative overview presented by Jeri Bonavia, WAVE Educational Fund Executive Director
Opportunity for you to share your story of gun violence’s impact on your life with legislators
Legislators and legislative staff respond to your questions and comments
On November 9, log into Zoom for your scheduled meeting. We will provide attendees with this link before the event. You can look up your legislative district here: https://maps.legis.wisconsin.gov/
Using the Zoom “Rename” function, add your senate district and assembly district to your name. (Example: Heidi Rose SD8/AD19) If this feels too complicated for you, do not worry about it.
When the virtual legislative visit begins, please use the “Raise Hand” function to speak, and WAVE staff will call on you.
Alternatively, you can type comments or questions into the chat. WAVE will save all of the comments and deliver your messages to legislators after the meeting.
Tips for Communicating With Legislators and Legislative Staff
Be Ready to Say:
Who you are: Share a sentence about who you are and where you live. “My name is ______. I am a WAVE supporter living in ________, Wisconsin, which is in Senate District __ and Assembly District ___. I want you to know there are actions you can take to save lives.”
Why you’re here: Tell your personal story. “I work in the medical profession, and I am astounded by the devastation I see every day…“
What you want: I urge you to support background checks on all gun sales, an extreme risk protective order (ERPO) policy, and a bill to prevent people who are convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence crime from possessing firearms. “I’d like you to assure me that you will do everything you can to support the passage of these lifesaving bills.” OR “Knowing that 80% of Wisconsinites, including gun owners, support these lifesaving policies, I encourage you to support the will of the people.”
Why it matters: An example of how the policymaker’s decision will affect your family and your community. “If these bills pass, they will provide much-needed prevention tools to help keep families like mine safe.”
Be passionate about the issue; passion is contagious!
Show appreciation for their time, consideration, and, hopefully, their support.
Be honestand concise; simple works best.
Be in control of the conversation; frame the issues the way you want others to see them, emphasizing the consensus that gun violence is a public health crisis and the need for lifesaving gun policies.
Offer follow–up; if you are asked for information that you don’t have, tell them you will ask WAVE staff to respond.
Tips adapted from NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNSEL FOR CHILDREN, Better Public Policy for Children, Youth and Families: An Advocacy Guide, August 2000.
Lifesaving Gun Violence Prevention Bills
The following laws would help prevent gun violence in Wisconsin:
1. Require background checks on all gun sales. (AB637/SB624)
In Wisconsin, federally licensed dealers are required to conduct a background check on all firearm sales, but private sellers are not. This private sale loophole allows just about anyone to sell a gun with no background check, no identification, and no questions asked.
In the ten years following Connecticut’s passage of its law requiring prospective handgun buyers first to get a permit – by passing a criminal background check – firearm homicides declined by 40%.[i]
After Missouri repealed its permit-to-purchase law, which required a criminal background check prior to purchasing handguns from licensed dealers or private sellers, firearmhomicides in the state increased 25%. That translated to an increase of between 55 and 63 homicides every year.[ii]
In the states that require background checks for all handgun sales, there are lower rates of gun violence across a variety of groups: 47% fewer women are fatally shot by intimate partners, 53% fewer law enforcement officers are fatally shot in the line of duty with guns that are not their own, and there are 47% fewer suicides by gun.[iii]
Recent polling shows that the vast majority (80%) of Wisconsin voters, including gun owners, support a law requiring background checks on all gun sales.[iv]
2. Create a mechanism that allows for the temporary removal of guns when individuals are in imminent danger of harming themselves or others. (AB638)
Often after a horrible act of violence, families say they saw warning signs – red flags – but there was nothing they could do.
An Extreme Risk Protective Order (ERPO) gives families and law enforcement officers a way to ask a judge to temporarily prohibit an at-risk person from possessing a gun. The ERPO is a non-criminal process that involves a court hearing, as well as clearly defined due process protections.
Evidence shows that ERPO-like laws have reduced firearm suicide rates by 14% (Connecticut) and 7.5% (Indiana).[v]
Recent polling shows that the vast majority (81%) of Wisconsin residents support an ERPO law.[vi]
When our loved ones are in crisis, they should have access to quality care, not guns.
3. Prohibit people from possessing a firearm if they have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. (AB321/SB317)[vii]
Sixty-eight people in WI lost their lives to domestic violence(DV) in 2020.
There are highly predictable patterns in DV in Wisconsin:
Firearms are the primary weapon used in DV homicide in WI; in 2020, firearms were used in 52% of DV homicide incidents.
Over one-third of the perpetrators in 2020, who used a gun to commit a DV homicide, were legally prohibited from possessing a firearm.
This bill would bring state law in line with federal law.
Dangerous “Guns Everywhere” Bills
The following bills would exacerbate gun violence in Wisconsin:
Bills That Expand Concealed Carry
1. Allow the possession of a firearm in a vehicle on school grounds by a person with a license to carry a concealed weapon. (AB495/SB484)
2. Lower the minimum age to be eligible for a license to carry a concealed weapon. (AB498/SB502)
3. Allow people with out-of-state licenses to carry concealed weapons in Wisconsin. (AB518/SB516)
4. Allow the possession of a firearm by a licensee in a place of worship located on the grounds of a private school. (AB597/SB584)
5. Allow permitless carry by eliminating the prohibition against carrying a concealed weapon without regard to whether the individual has a license, card, or training and by eliminating prohibitions for carrying concealed firearms in specific, sensitive places, such as police stations, mental health facilities, taverns, and more. (AB669/SB619)
Loosening the already minimal permitting and training requirements for carrying concealed weapons in WI will make us all less safe.
According to a recent report by WAVE and the Center for American Progress (CAP)[viii], since Wisconsin’s law to allow people to carry concealed weapons (CCW) passed nearly a decade ago:
Trends in Wisconsin suggest that the passage of the CCW law was associated with a rise in gun homicides.
Wisconsin’s CCW law is associated with “an increase in violent gun-related crime.”
“Gun theft increased significantly following the enactment of the CCW law” in Wisconsin.
In states with loose CCW laws, violent crime rates were 13% to 15% higher than what would have been expected if those laws had not been in place.[ix]
Weak concealed carry laws were associated with 11% higher rates of handgun homicides compared to states with stronger permitting systems for carrying concealed weapons.[x]
Bill That Reduces Accountability
6. Limit the civil liability for the entire gun industry, including manufacturers, distributors, importers, trade associations, sellers, and dealers of firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition. (AB572/SB570)
Federal law already severely limits firearm manufacturers and dealers’ liability through the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), and SB570 would go even further to create an additional barrier for Wisconsinites seeking justice.
Learn more about the research supporting lifesaving gun violence prevention bills
The United States needs a director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. President Biden’s initial nominee for the position, David Chipman, was an excellent, qualified choice, but he was not confirmed. Ultimately, President Biden pulled his nomination.
The position must be filled. The agency needs a leader to champion gun violence prevention. Tell President Biden to nominate another qualified candidate for ATF Director now. This is urgent; there is no time to wait.
Contact Your Legislators to Support Lifesaving Bills
Did you hear the great news? Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul joined with members of the legislature, who just introduced two new lifesaving gun violence prevention bills:
Contact Your Legislators to Oppose Dangerous Bills
The Wisconsin state legislature has recently proposed a number of dangerous gun bills, most of which would expand concealed carry to more people and places:
SB484 / AB495 Relating to the possession of a firearm in a vehicle on school grounds by a person with a license to carry a concealed weapon
SB502 / AB498 Relating to the minimum age to be eligible for a license to carry a concealed weapon
SB516 / AB518 Relating to reciprocity for out-of-state licenses to carry a concealed weapon
SB570 / AB572 Relating to limiting civil liability for firearm, firearm accessory, and ammunition manufacturers, distributors, importers, trade associations, sellers, and dealers
SB584 Relating to possession of a firearm by a licensee in a place of worship located on the grounds of a private school
LRB-4759 Relating to carrying concealed firearms without a license or law enforcement card; carrying firearms in police stations, houses of correction, secure mental health facilities, taverns, and mass public transportation systems; and carrying firearms in wildlife refuges or while engageing in certain activities, such as operating an ATV.
November 9th will be our chance to show Wisconsin legislators that Wisconsinites want them to support the lifesaving gun violence prevention bills that were recently introduced, including background checks on all gun sales and a process for obtaining extreme risk protection orders (ERPO).
Likewise, it’s our chance to demand that they reject the series of bills that have been introduced in Wisconsin to loosen our carrying concealed weapons (CCW) laws.
This event will be all virtual, and we will help you prepare in advance to make sure you feel comfortable, no matter your experience. You will have the opportunity to speak with legislators, or, if you are not interested in talking, you can simply show up to demonstrate our strength in numbers. Either way, your presence will make a difference!!
To keep these sessions brief, we will hold two separate sessions–one at 10:00 am for residents of the eastern senate districts (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 28, 30, 33) and one at 12:00 pm for the residents of western senate districts (10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 31, 32).
We are looking for WAVE supporters who would be willing to be Giving Tuesday “ambassadors” for us. Our Giving Tuesday ambassadors have two responsibilities:
1. Pledging to donate to WAVE on December 3rd
2a. Sharing posts on social media between November 26th and December 3, encouraging others to join you in donating to WAVE on Giving Tuesday. You can use the tools below, including the graphics, for your posts. You can also write your own stories about how WAVE has impacted you.
2b. If you do not use social media, please tell us your stories about how WAVE has impacted you for us to share on our social media platforms.
Young people, you can make a huge impact on gun violence prevention even if you cannot afford to donate monetarily yet.
You can share posts on social media between November 26th and December 3, encouraging others to donate to WAVE on your behalf on Giving Tuesday. We will provide you with graphics and suggested language for your posts. You can also write your own stories about how WAVE has impacted you.
Please email me at email@example.com to let me know if you would like to help us out in this way.
Feel free to use (copy/paste, drag/drop) the images below in your social media posts for Giving Tuesday.
The purpose of your social media post is to help us fundraise. A huge way to motivate others to give is to tell them why you are giving and how their donation can help create a safer Wisconsin.
Use the hashtags, #MyGivingStory, #WAVEofGiving, and #GivingTuesday to share how and why you give back. Let others know about WAVE’s impact to inspire their generosity. Plus, if you upload your story to mygivingstory.givingtuesday.org between November 1st and December 3rd , you could win $10,000 to give to your nonprofit of choice (hopefully WAVE)! Share your giving story on social media and ask your friends to vote for your story on https://mygivingstory.givingtuesday.org!
ERPO gives families and law enforcement officers a way to ask a judge to temporarily prohibit an at-risk person from purchasing or possessing a gun. ERPO is a non-criminal process that involves a court hearing and clearly defined due process protections.
How can ERPO help save lives?
ERPO is effective because guns present a uniquely lethal risk in cases of attempted suicide
90% of suicide attempts using a gun are fatal, compared to 5% of most common alternative methods (Azrael, Miller)
Suicidal acts are often impulsive and fleeting and, thus, preventing access to the most lethal means is crucial
Saving someone’s life in the near-term will likely save that person’s life in the long-term
Just 10% of those who survive a suicide attempt go on to die from suicide later (Owens, et al)
How are suicide and gun violence related?
Every day 65 Americans commit suicide using a gun (CDC)
In 2019 more than half (51%) of all suicide deaths in Wisconsin involved guns (CDC)
Over 70% of all gun deaths in Wisconsin are deaths due to suicide (CDC)
Is suicide a unique problem in Wisconsin?
The suicide rate in Wisconsin was higher than the national average in 2017 (15.45 people vs 14 people per 100,000 people) (AFSP)
848 people in Wisconsin died from suicide in 2019 (AFSP)
Teen suicide in Wisconsin has almost doubled since 2007 (CDC)
Does ERPO violate our Constitutional Rights (2nd Amendment, Due Process)?
No. The Supreme Court ruled in D.C. vs Heller that the 2nd Amendment allows for firearm restrictions that are “presumptively lawful.” Moreover, ERPO follows due process through the court system by allowing a judge to make an informed decision to temporarily remove firearms from people posing an imminent threat.
Isn’t law enforcement already removing firearms from people posing a threat?
Sometimes; but municipalities have been sued for this because they do not have the legal backing that ERPO provides. Meanwhile, Chapter 51, which is sometimes invoked by law enforcement, is more complex than ERPO and is often inadequate for providing safety to someone who is suicidal.
The epidemiology of case fatality rates for suicide in the northeast. Matthew J. Miller, Deborah Azrael, David Hemenway. 2004 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15159703
Fatal and non-fatal repetition of self-harm. Systematic review. David Owens, Judith Horrocks, Allan House. 2002 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12204922
Suicide Statistics American Society for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) https://afsp.org/about-suicide/suicide-statistics/
Fatal Injury Reports, National, Regional and State, 1981 – 2017 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://webappa.cdc.gov/sasweb/ncipc/mortrate.html
WAVE’s eight 2019 youth summer interns, aged 15 to 19, were
very busy advocating for gun violence prevention in Wisconsin.
Throughout the summer, the interns cultivated strong friendships with one another and developed skills that they will continue to use throughout their lives.
Examples of What We Did
Performed street actions to demand commonsense gun policies
Held up signs supporting gun violence prevention reforms at Lake Michigan on July 3rd, a day that attracts many people to the area for fireworks,
Protested (holding signs and chanting) outside Senator Ron Johnson’s Milwaukee office due to his dangerous voting history regarding gun violence prevention reforms, and
Led the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County on a street march in Madison with signs and chants.
Collected signatures and wrote a letter to demand policy change from lawmakers at the…
August Recess Rally,
Brewers Community Foundation kiosk at Miller Park,
Fondy Farmers Market, and
Milwaukee Public Market.
Empowered youth leaders through youth peace advocacy training at the…
All People’s Church Youth Music Activism Workshop,
Boys and Girls Club of Dane County,
Independence-First Youth Leadership Summit,
Oakland Cambridge Presbyterian Church, and
Peacemakers’ Day Camp.
Registered voters (especially in marginalized communities) at the…
All People’s Church Isaiah 55 Food Pantry,
Fondy Farmers Market,
Phongsavan Asian Market Health Fair,
Southeast Wisconsin YWCA,
WestCare Wisconsin E.A.T.S. Food Pantry, and
2019 League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Convention and Exposition at the Wisconsin Center.
Collaborated and spread awareness with ally organizations, including…
All Peoples Church is a truly inclusive church that partners for justice and welcomes all people. All Peoples Church is outspoken in support of “Black Lives Matter,’ the LGBTQ community, and immigrants.
Boys & Girls Club of Dane County has a vision is to inspire and empower all young people, especially those who need them most, to reach their full potential as responsible and caring adults.
Brewers Community Foundation harnesses the pride, passion, and commitment of Brewers fans, players and other supporters to positively impact the lives of children and their families in Greater Milwaukee and Wisconsin.
Fondy Farmers Market is a diverse, nationally recognized leader in connecting low-income people with the benefits of farmers’ markets.
Independence-First has a mission to effectively facilitate the empowerment of diverse, multi-cultural individuals with disabilities. Independence-First values inclusion, access, empowerment, and independence for people with disabilities.
Indivisible Tosa takes effective action to make sure that Congress is paying attention to the voters.
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs.
March for Our Lives (Madison and Milwaukee chapters) harnesses the power of young people across the country to fight for sensible gun violence prevention policies that save lives.
Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health, Inc. strives to build the capacity to address cancer health disparities through community engagement.
Milwaukee Friends Meeting (Quakers) is a witness for peace, equality, simplicity, and justice.
Moms Demand Action/Students Demand Action/Everytown for Gun Safety are fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence.
Northcott Neighborhood House strives to empower families to meet their survival needs and provide good parenting to their children; to provide a safe place for youth as well as recreational and skill-building activities; and to provide the neighborhood with space, activities, and the opportunity to engage in community building and crime prevention.
Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee (SWIM) acts to inspire a dynamic collaboration that heals trauma and creates a resilient community.
Southeast Wisconsin YWCA is an organization dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
WestCare was founded to reclaim, rename, and rebuild the Harambee (meaning “Work Together – Pull Together” in Swahili) Neighborhood.
The majority of Wisconsin lawmakers have ignored the evidence, ignored their constituents, and ignored the devastation gun violence thrusts into the lives of Wisconsinites. It’s time for us to pack the Capitol full of citizens, who are united in their determination to prevent gun violence.
Citizen Action Day Details:
Deserve To Be Heard on Thursday, October 24th, 2019 9:45am – 10am – Check-in at Bethel Lutheran Church, 312 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison, WI 10am – 12:45pm – Orientation on gun violence in Wisconsin, training on citizen-lobbying best practices, and lunch at Bethel Lutheran Church 1:00pm – 3:00pm – Meetings with your elected officials or their staff members at the Capitol
$15 fee includes your lunch and all training materials.